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Lighting by a Lighting Expert vs. a DJ

I know this may stir some discomfort in the bellies of my DJ peeps... but this blog is for the Bride and I think she needs to be educated about lighting so she can KNOW what she is getting if she hires the DJ to do her lighting!  

The DJ's will go nameless ~ Calling them out is NOT my intent!

Here is a shot of lighting done by a DJ @ Andiamo's in Warren.  

Why are there 2 lights right next to each other and big spaces between the other ones?

And who cares if the lights are so bright they shoot 20'?  This is a ballroom not a stage and they have no spread / fill.

Also, where are the flowers?

This is the way The Lighting Guy lights Andiamo's...

Soft even lighting spread through out the room.  
Spot lighting in each table.  

This picture was taken without a flash!

Here are a couple photos of lighting done by a DJ @ Lovett Hall:

See if you can figure out what is missing....

BINGO!  The LIGHTS!!!  Why would anyone think it is acceptable to call this lighting?  Because this is the Brides first opportunity to put all these elements together... they are unaware.  All they know is the DJ said he does lighting and it was CHEAP!
YEP, it sure was!

Here is lighting by The Lighting Guy at Lovett Hall:

Lighting in EVERY window arch.
Lighting between every window.
If the budget allows, lighting on the ceiling.

 ^ Photo by Wally Spice Photo 

Good Lighting isn't Cheap - True.  But Cheap Lighting isn't any good, so why waste your money?

 ^ Photo by Wally Spice Photo

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